My family had the pleasure of spending the week in Franklin, North Carolina a few weeks ago. This part of the state brings you back to a simpler time - things are quiet, simple, and nature focused.
Recently, I stepped out of my normal M.O., took Donna and Tom’s advice from “Parks and Recreation” and indulged in a little treat yoself moment.
July brings happy memories for my husband and myself year after year, as our anniversary is on July 21st! We are coming up on 6 years together, and it warms my heart how much we grow stronger as each year passes, both individually and as a unit. Each year, we give each other a traditional gift to signify the year that’s passed.
Making friends - it’s never been the easiest thing for me to do. I’ve always been a pretty shy person and I am okay to claim “introvert” as a title that describes me. From my early school days, I remember the anxiety and nerves that came about with putting myself out there. Though life experiences and a few servings of grace have helped the anxiety fade over the years, I still wish that the process of putting myself out there was less stressful and more organic.
Along with being a mama to two sweet boys, I also have a fur baby that’s been by my side for years. Meet Maya, my compassionate, fun, loyal and wonderful golden retriever!
Since becoming a mother (to human babies), this fur baby hasn’t gotten all of the special treatment that she was once accustomed, so when I found Whoa DogE, I got super excited to give her a little something special for the summer season.
On my family’s most recent trip to Walt Disney World, we dined at one of my favorite spots - the Kona Cafe. After discovering this place on my first anniversary trip (almost 6 years ago!) - I have had the pleasure of returning time and again for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!
On my family’s recent trip to Pittsburgh, we made a stop at the National Aviary. To be quite honest, I had no idea this place - which is the only private indoor zoo for birds in the entire U.S. - was located in Pitt until I googled “Pittsburgh family must do’s” or something along those lines. Regardless, this looked like a good find, so everyone hopped in the car and headed that way! Turns out, the aviary would be one of our favorite experiences of our entire trip!
I live in a safe neighborhood. It’s an idyllic one really. Everyone takes pride in their home on my street. While we do yard work or sit in our Adirondack chairs with our morning coffee or our evening glass of wine, we let our children run to each other’s front yards to play. If we leave and forget to lock our doors, we think nothing of it. Our neighborhood association’s main mission is community.
Disney style. It’s magical. It’s fun. There are so many talented small business owners that create wearable pieces of magic to wear on your next Disney vacation or at home! I’ve compiled a list of a few of my favorite Disney small shops that carry some deliciously wonderful pieces that I love wearing to the theme parks as well as in everyday life.
On my family’s recent trip to Pennsylvania, we made a pit stop in Hershey. I’d heard tales about this little slice of American Heaven since I was a kid, and I was so excited to explore this sweet (literally) city with my children. As we passed the city limits, we rolled down the car windows and breathed in the air, and I kid you not, you could smell the chocolate! It was such a sweet beginning to our adventure.
On my family’s most recent trip to Walt Disney World, we had the pleasure of staying at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort Riverside. I have stayed here a few times over the years, and my love for this resort grows with every trip. From the Antebellum inspired architecture to the incredibly themed pools, delicious dining, and beautiful rooms, I have a hard time saying goodbye to this place on check out day.
Pregnancy is a rollercoaster ride in every sense of the word. Of course your body goes through major changes, but some women’s bodies change more than others. You know those women that you see on the street who are 9 months pregnant and look completely normal besides boasting a beautiful belly? Yeah, that was definitely not me.
DISCLAIMER: This blog post is the opposite of incredible. It was slated to be about Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival. It was supposed to be filled with beautiful blooms, favorite treats, Florida sunshine, and more. It is not. Because, mom life.
I’m a Disney girl, always have been and always will be. I started going to Walt Disney World before I could walk, and Disney is truly my happy place. I have spent birthdays, spring breaks, holidays, anniversaries, and everything in between here, and I wholeheartedly knew that I wanted to raise my children with the Disney magic that I hold so dear to my heart.
It’s that time of year again! Mother’s Day is near - it’s the perfect time to remind the mom and the mother figures in our lives how much we love them. I have an incredibly close relationship with my mom - she is my greatest role model, supporter, and friend. I love showering her with special gifts during this weekend! Since I have become a mother, my hubby has done a beautiful job of surprising me with reminders that I’m making it as a mama. Below are a few gift ideas for mom, some I’ve received and some I’ve given!
My family recently spent a long weekend at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, and it was a picture perfect family getaway. Crystal blue waters, white sand, and sun paired with good food, ample entertainment, and beautiful accommodations left us wanting to ditch our day jobs and move to the beach by the end of our stay.
I recently joined the ambassador program for BANGS Shoes, and I wanted to share my experience with you!
When I discovered this company, I was instantly smitten. Community, adventure, acceptance, nature, and spirit are the overriding themes.
Last week, I had the pleasure of spending the morning at the Jacksonville Zoo. It had been years since I’d gone adventuring here, and I am so glad my family took the trip! It has changed significantly since my childhood days, and I am sure I will be back to explore it more with my kiddos.
When my husband told me that he would be heading to Jacksonville for a board meeting, I asked him if we could come along and turn his work trip into a mini vacation. He of course agreed, and I am so glad he did! Our trip to Jacksonville Beach was so much fun!